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WANO calls on industry to build on progress after post-Fukushima improvements

WANO, PUBLISHED 10.08.2018

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), the world's leading safety organisation for commercial nuclear power plants, is encouraging its members to build on the good progress they have made on safety since Fukushima, by further developing the leadership skills of key staff.

In 2011, WANO identified 12 key post-Fukushima projects to implement in more than 460 commercial power plants worldwide to enhance safety. Many recommended improvements were complex and challenging, and required a significant investment of time and resources to roll out and complete.

WANO and its members successfully delivered projects focused on the following 12 areas;

      - emergency preparedness,

      - emergency support plan,

      - severe accident management,

      - early event notification,

      - onsite fuel storage,

      - design safety fundamentals,

      - peer review frequency and equivalency,

      - corporate peer reviews,

      - WANO assessment,

      - transparency and visibility,

      - WANO internal assessment.

Peter Prozesky, CEO at WANO, commented: "These 12 projects have been successfully delivered by WANO and its worldwide membership.It is a testimony to the expertise, hard work and dedication of WANO and its members that these projects have been rolled out and are now a core part of business activities. "

"The lessons learned from Fukushima have resulted in our members collectively implementing a total of approximately 6,000 safety enhancement activities worldwide. Overall the margin of nuclear safety has been improved from the levels experienced before Fukushima."

A key area in which WANO is working with its members is to further develop leadership at the mid- to senior management level. These managers at nuclear power plants play a vital part in delivering excellence and a strong nuclear safety culture, due to their positional influence throughout the organisation.

Prozesky continued: "WANO's nuclear leadership programmes are helping to bring members together in an environment where the mid-senior tier of management - including roles such as operations managers, shift managers and maintenance managers - will gain new insights, and hone their leadership skills through interaction with other senior leaders. We are excited to work with the industry in this area."

Prozesky concluded: "Although major advances have been made to nuclear safety and plant performance since Fukushima, the industry must continue to evolve and improve. WANO will work closely with our members to maximise the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide."

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